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Author El-Hibri, Tayeb.

Title Parable and politics in early Islamic history : the Rashidun caliphs / Tayeb El-Hibri
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource ([xiii], 471 pages) : chart
Contents Abu Bakr: the moment of confirmation -- 'Umar b. al-Khaṭṭāb: a saga of law and conquest -- 'Uthman: the challenge of innovation -- The road to civil war: issues and boundaries -- 'Ali: in the image of the prophets -- From caliphate to kingship: 'Umar's reign and future changes -- Appendix 1: Abu Mikhnaf's account of the Saqifa of Banu Sa'ida -- Appendix 2: The succession to 'Umar -- Appendix 3: Manushihr's declaration
Summary "The story of the succession to the Prophet Muhammad and the rise of the Rashidun Caliphate (632-661 AD) is familiar to historians from the political histories of medieval Islam, which treat it as a factual account. The story also informs the competing perspectives of Sunni and Shri Islam, which read into it the legitimacy of their claims. Yet while descriptive and varied, these approaches have long excluded a third reading, which views the conflict over the succession to the Prophet as a parable. From this vantage point, the motives, sayings, and actions of the protagonists reveal profound links to previous texts, not to mention a surprising irony regarding political and religious issues." "In a controversial break from previous historiography, Tayeb El-Hibri privileges the literary and artistic triumphs of the medieval Islamic chronicles and maps the origins of Islamic political and religious orthodoxy. Considering the patterns and themes of these unified narratives, including the problem of measuring personal qualification according to religious merit, nobility, and skills in government, El-Hibri offers an insightful critique of both carly and contemporary Islam and the concerns of legitimacy shadowing verious rulers. In building an argument for reading the texts as parabolic commentary, he also highlights the Islamic reinterpretation of biblical traditions, both by Quraanic exegesis and historical composition."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 447-461) and index
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Subject Caliphate -- Historiography.
Caliphs -- Historiography.
Historians -- Islamic Empire -- History.
Historiography -- Political aspects -- Islamic Empire.
Islam and politics -- Islamic Empire -- Historiography.
Islamic parables -- Islamic Empire -- History.
Prophets -- Islamic Empire -- Historiography.
Islamic Empire -- History -- 622-661 -- Historiography.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231521650 (electronic bk.)
9780231521659 (electronic bk.)